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August 28, 2015

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: COMMISSIONER SID MILLER APPLAUDS DECISION BY FEDERAL JUDGE TO HALT WATER RULE

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today applauded a federal court’s decision to block the expansion of the Clean Water Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The new Clean Water Act requirements took effect today. The injunction out of North Dakota impacts the 13 states that were part of the lawsuit filed in North Dakota in June 2015.

From Texas Department of Agriculture


August 28, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: STATEMENT ON ABBOTT INITIATIVE

“For nearly 80 years, Planned Parenthood has been a high-quality health care provider for Texas women, men, and teens. This includes birth control, lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and other health care services.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


August 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON FILES PETITION TO STOP OPERATIONS AT UNLICENSED ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today announced that it had obtained a request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Injunction against both Zoe’s Safe Place and owner Tommie Yvette McKinney for operating an unlicensed assisted living facility located at 8007 Burnet Road.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 28, 2015

TEXAS DPS: NEW DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM NOW REQUIRED FOR TEENS

The Texas Department of Public Safety today announced the implementation of the Impact Texas Teen Driver program (ITTD), which is a new requirement for driver license applicants who complete a teen driver education course.

From Texas DPS


August 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ANNOUNCES LIFE INITIATIVE IN RESPONSE TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEOS

In response to the release of gruesome videos filmed at Planned Parenthood facilities, including Gulf Coast in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today announced initiatives to provide greater protections for children in the womb and prevent the sale of baby body parts.

From Office of the Governor


August 28, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND ANNUAL REPORT EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Texas Permanent School Fund for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Aug.31, 2014.

From Texas Education Agency


August 28, 2015

TDP: ONE QUESTION FOR TEXANS ON KEN PAXTON?

The Houston Chronicle reports: “Joe Kendall, a former federal judge and Paxton's lead counsel until Thursday morning, appeared in the Tarrant County courtroom with the first-term attorney general...

From Texas Democratic Party


August 28, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: ON UT CAMPUS STATUE HEARING

Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement regarding today's ruling by Travis County District Judge Karin Crump on the University of Texas at Austin's attempts to move a statue of Jefferson Davis: “I’m pleased that, once again, UT can begin the process of removing the Jefferson Davis statue from the campus’ Main Mall. We shouldn’t glorify people whose main claim to historical relevance stems from their defense of human slavery.”

From Senator Rodney Ellis


August 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES CHAIR AND APPOINTS THREE TO TEXAS BOARD OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed and named Dale Wainwright as Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. Governor Abbott additionally appointed Tom G. Fordyce and Derrelynn Perryman for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


August 27, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: JUSTICE SERVED: CITY OF AUSTIN TO PAY $480,000, LOSES COURT CASE AGAINST FAITH-BASED NONPROFIT CENTERS

The City of Austin will pay $480,000 in attorney fees and court costs to settle a case by local pro-life pregnancy resource centers that won a ruling in federal court that a city ordinance that targeted the centers was unconstitutional.

From Texas Values


August 27, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON CRIMINAL COURT APPEARANCE BY AG KEN PAXTON

"Ken Paxton’s sleazy actions have played out publicly for well over a year. No one is surprised that Paxton has been dragged into criminal court to enter a plea on felony charges that could send him to the state penitentiary.

From Lone Star Project


August 27, 2015

TEXAS PTA: SPEAKER JOE STRAUS AWARDED LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR BY TEXAS PTA

Texas PTA has selected the Honorable Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio as Texas PTA’s 2015 Legislator of the Year. Speaker Straus has been a staunch advocate on behalf of the children of Texas for many years.

From Texas PTA


August 27, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: SUBSTANTIAL DECEPTIVE EDITING IN ANTI-ABORTION VIDEO CAMPAIGN

Secretly recorded videos about Planned Parenthood are heavily edited and “significantly distort and misrepresent” actual events, according to an expert report submitted to congressional leadership today.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


August 27, 2015

DEBBIE RIDDLE CAMPAIGN: STATE REPRESENTATIVE DEBBIE RIDDLE (HD 150) ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

State Representative Debbie Riddle, House District 150, officially announced her re-election campaign. First elected in 2002, Representative Riddle has served her district for seven legislative sessions.

From Debbie Riddle Campaign


August 27, 2015

TEXAS DPS: COMMENDS OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE

The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented two Lifesaving Awards, three Texas Highway Patrol Division Chief Awards and one Unit Citation to DPS employees for their exemplary service.

From Texas DPS


August 27, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: CRAIG MCDONALD'S STATEMENT ON THE ARRAIGNMENT OF TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON

"Texas’s top lawman is an admitted lawbreaker. Attorney General Ken Paxton has engaged in fraud and outright deception to personally profit at the expense of others.

From Texans for Public Justice


August 27, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: CRAIG MCDONALD'S STATEMENT ON THE ARRAIGNMENT OF TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON

"Texas’s top lawman is an admitted lawbreaker. Attorney General Ken Paxton has engaged in fraud and outright deception to personally profit at the expense of others.

From Texans for Public Justice


August 27, 2015

THE LINKS INCORPORATED, TRINITY (TX) CHAPTER: ENDORSES HARRIET TUBMAN FOR PORTRAIT ON $10 BILL

The Trinity (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated enthusiastically endorses and supports the nomination of Harriet Tubman, known as “The Conductor of the Underground Railroad" as the first woman pictured on the newly designed $10 bill which will be unveiled in 2020.

From The Links, Incorporated, Trinity (TX) Chapter


August 27, 2015

TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE COALITION: OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY TO COMMEMORATE LIVES LOST AND INSPIRE HOPE FOR PREVENTION

Recovery advocates from across the state will hold the second annual Texas Overdose Awareness day on August 30, 2015 at the State Capitol.

From Texas Criminal Justice Coalition


August 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW MURR: APPOINTED TO TEXAS JUDICIAL COUNCIL

On Tuesday, Representative Andrew Murr received an appointment to the Texas Judicial Council.

From Representative Andrew Murr


August 27, 2015

AUSTIN INTERFAITH: CALLS ON THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL TO INVEST IN CHILDREN, WORKERS AND FAMILIES; PROMOTE AN ECONOMY OF INCLUSION

On Thursday, August 27, Austin Interfaith clergy and leaders will return to Austin City Hall to urge the Council to prioritize investments in children, workers, and families.

From Austin Interfaith


August 27, 2015

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: IT'S OFFICIAL, HOUSTON WILL VOTE ON ANTI-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LGBT BATHROOM ORDINANCE IN NOVEMBER

Today, the Houston City Council made it official, that after being banned from the ballot box by Mayor Parker and other council members, Houston voters will finally get to vote on a dangerous anti-religious freedom ordinance on Nov. 3rd with accurate ballot language.

From Texas Values Action


August 27, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION FOR HOME CARE & HOSPICE: RESPONDS TO THE TEXAS HHSC PLANS FOR SETTING REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR THE PROVIDERS OF MEDICAID ACUTE CARE THERAPY

“Today in court a lawyer for the Commission stated the HHSC was withdrawing both sets of rate-reduction proposals and would work with therapy providers to develop new rates.

From Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice


August 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: APPOINTED TO SELECT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

State Representative Paul Workman was appointed by House Speaker Joe Straus to serve on the House Select Committee on Transportation Planning.

From Representative Paul Workman


August 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS RANKIN JUDGE OF 254TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Susan Rankin of Dallas as judge of the 254th Judicial District Court in Dallas County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016.

From Office of the Governor


August 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS PERWIN JUDGE OF 505TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed David Perwin of Richmond as judge of the 505th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. This appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2015.

From Office of the Governor


August 27, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: HEGAR SEEKS CLARITY REGARDING QUESTIONS CONCERNING GOVERNOR'S LINE-ITEM VETO AUTHORITY

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he is seeking an opinion from the Texas Office of the Attorney General on the effect of certain parts of the Governor’s veto proclamation for House Bill No. 1, the General Appropriations Act.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


August 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS BRIDGES JUDGE OF 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Chad Bridges of Sugar Land as judge of the 240th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016.

From Office of the Governor


August 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: URGES CAUTION REGARDING HHSC AND MEDICAID RATE CUTS

Following the Texas Health & Human Services Commission's announcement that they would hold off on implementing reductions to Medicaid rates for acute therapy services, Rep. Donna Howard released the following statement:

From Representative Donna Howard


August 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: APPOINTED TO HOUSE SELECT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named Representative Ron Simmons (Carrollton) and eight other legislators to the House Select Committee on Transportation Planning on Tuesday.

From Representative Ron Simmons


August 26, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: SENATOR KONNI BURTON ENDORSES DAVID SIMPSON FOR STATE SENATE

Wednesday afternoon Senator Konni Burton, ranked by Texas Eagle Forum as the most conservative Senator in Texas, endorsed David Simpson in his bid to replace Senator Kevin Eltife in Senate District 1.

From Konni Burton Campaign


August 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA FARNEY: WILL SEEK RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Today Representative Marsha Farney (R - Georgetown) announced she will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 20. Farney is currently serving her second term in the Texas Legislature.

From Representative Marsha Farney


August 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON: FORMER RADIOSHACK WILL PAY ENTIRE VALUE OF UNREDEEMED GIFT CARDS PURCHASED BY CONSUMERS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a settlement has been reached with the former RadioShack that will see the former retail electronics giant paying the entire value of their unredeemed gift cards purchased by consumers as a priority claim in the bankruptcy.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SETS SPECIAL ELECTION DATE FOR HD-118

Governor Greg Abbott ordered a special election to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 for the purpose of electing a state representative to serve out the unexpired term of the Honorable Joe Farias.

From Office of the Governor


August 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DREW SPRINGER: ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR REELECTION

Republican Drew Springer is excited to announce he will run for reelection for State Representative of House District 68. Rep. Springer has represented the district since 2013, which contains a total of 22 counties in North Texas and if it were a state, would be 42nd largest in the union.

From Representative Drew Springer


August 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDS TEXAS LEGISLATIVE MEDAL OF HONOR TO CHRIS KYLE AND ED DYESS

Governor Greg Abbott today posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle and Lieutenant Colonel Ed Dyess. The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the state or federal military forces by the State of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


August 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDS TEXAS LEGISLATIVE MEDAL OF HONOR TO CHRIS KYLE AND ED DYESS

Governor Greg Abbott today posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle and Lieutenant Colonel Ed Dyess. The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the state or federal military forces by the State of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


August 26, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY

Celebrating Women's Equality Day, Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Kay Perkins issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 26, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER BUSH LEADS 23-STATE EFFORT TO END GREEN 'SUE AND SETTLE' RACKET

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has joined forces with land commissioners from Wisconsin to Hawaii to stop environmentalists from taking advantage of American taxpayers.

From Texas General Land Office


August 26, 2015

SENFRONIA THOMPSON CAMPAIGN: STATE REPRESENTATIVE SENFRONIA THOMPSON CONTINUES LEGACY IN BUILDING A BETTER TEXAS, WILL SEEK RE-ELECTION TO THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

State Representative Senfronia Thompson announced she will file for re-election to Texas House District 141

From Senfronia Thompson Campaign


August 26, 2015

TEXPROTECTS: CHILD PROTECTION ADVOCATES TO REVIEW SUCCESSES AT 84TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE AND THE ROAD AHEAD

The 84th Texas Legislative Session adjourned sine die earlier this summer, and advocates for child protection are celebrating hard-won successes that will make Texas kids safer in the years ahead — including $184.8 million in funding for child abuse prevention programs, a 26% increase over the previous biennium.

From TexProtects


August 26, 2015

TEXPROTECTS: CHILD PROTECTION ADVOCATES TO REVIEW SUCCESSES AT 84TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE AND THE ROAD AHEAD

The 84th Texas Legislative Session adjourned sine die earlier this summer, and advocates for child protection are celebrating hard-won successes that will make Texas kids safer in the years ahead — including $184.8 million in funding for child abuse prevention programs, a 26% increase over the previous biennium.

From TexProtects


August 26, 2015

WGU TEXAS: TEXANS VALUE HIGHER EDUCATION DESPITE CONCERNS ABOUT DEBT, NEW STATEWIDE SURVEY FINDS

An overwhelming majority of Texans view a postsecondary degree or certificate as important to personal economic success, despite their concerns about student debt.

From WGU Texas


August 26, 2015

AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE: AWARDED $1M STATE GRANT TO TRAIN HEALTHCARE WORKERS

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will provide specialized job training for St. David’s HealthCare through a $1 million grant awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission. The training will help hundreds of healthcare workers upgrade their skills for in-demand jobs.

From Austin Community College


August 26, 2015

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: SENATOR TED CRUZ, CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, TO HOST A HOME-STATE RALLY IN THE FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS

With 17 Republican candidates currently running for President in 2016, it is important for GOP supporters to get to know the candidates who are competing for the nomination.

From Konni Burton Campaign


August 26, 2015

CAMPAIGN FOR HOUSTON: KICKS OFF MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO DEFEAT HOUSTON "BATHROOM ORDINANCE"

Campaign for Houston, the political committee organized to defeat Mayor Parker's so-called HERO ordinance, today announced a substantial radio campaign to kick off its campaign-No Men in Women’s Bathrooms! Campaign for Houston spokesperson, Jared Woodfill, made the following comments:

From Campaign for Houston


August 26, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON RACING COMMISSION MEETING

"Today the Texas Racing Commission met to continue their push for an expansion of gambling that the court's have ruled, exceeds their statutory authority. I will have a comment on their vote at the appropriate time.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ED THOMPSON: NAMED TO THE JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY A COASTAL BARRIER SYSTEM

Today, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus announced the appointment of Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) to the Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System, pursuant to Senate Bill 695 that was passed during the 84th Legislative Session.

From Representative Ed Thompson


August 26, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ED THOMPSON: NAMED TO THE JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY A COASTAL BARRIER SYSTEM

Today, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus announced the appointment of Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) to the Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System, pursuant to Senate Bill 695 that was passed during the 84th Legislative Session.

From Representative Ed Thompson


August 25, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER RELEASES AUSTIN ISD HIGH SCHOOL FROM 2013 ACADEMIC PLAN

During a visit to Eastside Memorial High School, Commissioner of Education Michael Williams presented Austin Independent School District (AISD) officials and campus leaders with a formal resolution recognizing the improved academic performance at the school and releasing the district from its obligation to close the campus.

From Texas Education Agency


August 25, 2015

ANNIE'S LIST: 49 NEW LAWS AUTHORED BY PROGRESSIVE WOMEN TAKE EFFECT 9/1/2015

In one week, 49 new laws authored by 13 Annie’s List-endorsed legislators will take effect; 27 new laws have already been enacted; 4 take effect 1/1/2016. These new public policies provide solutions to a wide variety of challenges facing Texas.

From Annie's List


August 25, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRAT STATE REP. GENE WU ON JEB BUSH'S OFFENSIVE COMMENTS

Yesterday, Jeb Bush visited McAllen, Texas where he was asked about his use of the derogatory term “a____ babies” to discuss the U.S. citizen, American-born children of immigrant parents.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: WEB VIDEO: GOVERNOR ABBOTT CELEBRATES FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL WITH TEXAS STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS

The Office of the Governor today released a web video following Governor Greg Abbott’s visit to Zavala Elementary School in Austin, Texas on Monday. The Governor spoke with students as well as educators who are working to make Texas number one in the nation for education.

From Office of the Governor


August 25, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: RECORD NUMBER OF PROVIDERS ENROLLING IN WOMEN'S HEALTH PROGRAMS

Record numbers of health care providers are signing up to provide services in the Texas Women's Health Program (TWHP), according to data provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) -- a sign that Texas can ensure statewide coverage without sacrificing its commitment to protecting life, said Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

From Senator Jane Nelson


August 25, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS TWO TO SOUTHWESTERN STATES WATER COMMISSION

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Senator Charles Perry and State Representative Lyle Larson to the Southwestern States Water Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019 and February 1, 2017, respectively.

From Office of the Governor


August 24, 2015

TDP: REPUBLICAN DALLAS COUNTY DA SUSAN HAWK IS MIA

“Where is Susan Hawk?”asks The Dallas Morning News. The paper reports that, “Dallas County’s district attorney has been on an abrupt break from work for nearly three weeks — and those close to her won't say where she is.” [DMN, August 22, 2015]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 24, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: CITY OF AUSTIN LAWSUIT CHALLENGING TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS IS JUDICIAL ACTIVISM

Today, the City of Austin filed a lawsuit appealing the local Appraisal Review Board's (ARB) June 2015 ruling denying the City's protest of the appraised values of commercial property in the county - a loss the City actually asked for publically at the ARB hearing.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


August 24, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON FILES AMICUS BRIEF WITH U.S. SUPREME COURT IN SUPPORT COURT IN SUPPORT OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an amicus brief on behalf of 20 states with the U.S. Supreme Court in Little Sisters v. Burwell, supporting the religious nonprofit’s right to exercise sincerely-held religious beliefs.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 24, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT VISITS ZAVALA ELEMENTARY ON FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Governor Greg Abbott today visited and met with kindergarten, first grade and second grade students at Zavala Elementary School in Austin, TX.

From Office of the Governor


August 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: ON DPS TRAFFIC STOP DATA

Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement on Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic stop data that has been organized by race:

From Representative Garnet Coleman


August 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD: MOVING TOWARDS NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY

For almost four decades, there’s been a ban on exporting U.S. crude. While it’s not always the case, most decisions made almost 40 years ago by the federal government rarely still reflect the current political or economic realities of the world.

From Representative Will Hurd


August 24, 2015

PASTORS FOR TEXAS CHILDREN: RESPONSE TO AMICUS BRIEF FILED BY CHURCH BASED PRIVATE SCHOOL OPERATORS

Pastors for Texas Children are dismayed to see some local church leaders push for the diversion of public funds for their private, religious schools.

From Pastors for Texas Children


August 24, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: HISTORIC TEXAS MAPS HELP SAVE THEMSELVES

Save Texas History hit a milestone this week, earning more than $300,000 to preserve historic Texas maps with the online sales of historic map reproductions.

From Texas General Land Office


August 24, 2015

TDP: FIVE QUESTIONS EVERY TEXAN SHOULD BE ASKING ABOUT JEB BUSH WHILE HE'S IN TEXAS

How many times will Jeb Bush use the derogatory term, “anchor babies,” when speaking to his wealthy donors in the McAllen, TX? Or, will he finally apologize?

From Texas Democratic Party


August 24, 2015

TDP: FIVE QUESTIONS EVERY TEXAN SHOULD BE ASKING ABOUT MARCO RUBIO WHILE HE'S IN TEXAS

Will Marco Rubio follow Jeb Bush’s lead and use the derogatory term, “anchor babies,” while he’s in Texas?

From Texas Democratic Party


August 24, 2015

TDP: FIVE QUESTIONS EVERY TEXAN SHOULD BE ASKING ABOUT MARCO RUBIO WHILE HE'S IN TEXAS

Will Marco Rubio follow Jeb Bush’s lead and use the derogatory term, “anchor babies,” while he’s in Texas?

From Texas Democratic Party


August 24, 2015

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: LT. GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK ENDORSES SENATOR PERRY FOR RE-ELECTION

Today Lt. Governor Dan Patrick endorsed Senator Charles Perry for re-election for Senate District 28. "I am honored to have the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Patrick and I have enjoyed serving with him in the Texas Senate," said Perry.

From Charles Perry Campaign


August 21, 2015

TDP: POINTER FOR JEB'S TEXAS TRIP: "ANCHOR BABIES" IS JUST AS OFFENSIVE AS WETBACK

Jeb Bush is coming to Texas next Monday. He will be visiting the Rio Grande Valley -- the border region that most Texas Republicans like to bash.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 21, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: REQUESTED RULE CHANGES FOR TCJS

Today Representative Coleman issued a letter to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards requesting that they make rule changes to their minimum standards to prevent future suicides in our county jails. Sandra Bland's tragic death led to a hearing by the House County Affairs Committee, who has oversight on the county jails and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, to discuss inadequacies in the standards currently in place.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


August 21, 2015

DWAYNE BOHAC CAMPAIGN: REP. DWAYNE BOHAC RECEIVES "CONSERVATIVE CHAMPION" AWARD FROM TEXAS CONSERVATIVE COALITION

This week, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) was honored to receive the "Conservative Champion" Award from the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) for his commitment to conservative policies and principles during the 84th Texas Legislature.

From Dwayne Bohac Campaign


August 21, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: JOINT OPERATION LEADS TO ARREST OF SUSPECTED CHILD PREDATORS

The Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG) today announced the arrest of four suspected child predators following a joint operation between the OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) and the Brenham Police Department (BPD).

From Office of the Attorney General


August 21, 2015

BOB HALL CAMPAIGN: SENATOR BOB HALL ENDORSES TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT

Thursday, Senator Bob Hall joined his conservative colleagues, Konni Burton and Brian Birdwell, in publicly endorsing Ted Cruz for President of the United States.

From Bob Hall Campaign


August 21, 2015

TDP: SINVERGUENZA: TED CRUZ'S ON BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP

Ted Cruz in 2011: “The 14th Amendment provides for birthright citizenship, I've looked at the legal arguments against it, and I will tell you, as a Supreme Court litigator, those arguments are not very good. As much as someone may dislike the policy of birthright citizenship, it's in the U.S. Constitution." [Ted Cruz, 2011]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 21, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: UT DALLAS PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE NAMED

A committee to advise The University of Texas System Board of Regents on the selection of a president for UT Dallas was announced today (Aug. 20) by Regents’ Chairman Paul L. Foster.

From The University of Texas System


August 20, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON CALLS ON EPA TO HALT CARBON RULE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today requested that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halt its Carbon Rule from taking effect so as to allow the courts to consider legal challenges to the rule. In a filing sent today, the Office of the Attorney General argued a stay of the rule is necessary to maintain the status quo pending the outcome of judicial proceedings.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 20, 2015

TDP: ICYMI: HOUSTON CHRONICLE: TRUMP AND THE TEXAS GOP ID ON IMMIGRATION

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has now set the tone on immigration for Republican candidates at the national level; however, here in Texas, the Republican Party of Texas has been delivering that same anti-Latino, anti-immigrant rhetoric to their Tea Party fringe base for quite some time.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 20, 2015

THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: ACADEMIC PROGRAMS RANK AMONG BEST IN WORLDWIDE SURVEY OF UNIVERSITIES

Several Texas A&M University academic programs rank among the best in the world out of tens of thousands of universities, according to a widely watched survey compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which focuses on the top 100 universities globally — with Texas A&M one of them.

From The Texas A&M University System


August 20, 2015

TEXANS FOR EDUCATION REFORM: NAMES JULIE LINN TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Upon her departure as President of Texans for Education Reform (TER), Julie Linn will join the TER Board of Directors beginning in September, TER Board Chairman Florence Shapiro said today.

From Texans for Education Reform


August 20, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: HEGAR ANNOUNCES RECORD-BREAKING UNCLAIMED PROPERTY RETURNS

The Texas Comptroller returned a record $248 million in unclaimed property to rightful owners this fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today. The record breaks the mark of $205 million in unclaimed property returns in fiscal 2014.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


August 20, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVE ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS

Presidents and admissions officers at The University of Texas System’s academic institutions will now have a clear set of system-wide guidelines and processes to follow when making undergraduate admissions decisions.

From The University of Texas System


August 20, 2015

TEXAS BIPARTISAN JUSTICE: TRUMP WINS PRESIDENTIAL POLL OF LIKELY TEXAS REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS

A statewide poll of Republican voters in Texas finds Donald Trump with a commanding lead among nine rivals for the GOP nomination to be President. The real estate mogul was favored by 24 percent of respondents.

From Texas Bipartisan Justice


August 20, 2015

TEXAS BIPARTISAN JUSTICE: TRUMP WINS PRESIDENTIAL POLL OF LIKELY TEXAS REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS

A statewide poll of Republican voters in Texas finds Donald Trump with a commanding lead among nine rivals for the GOP nomination to be President. The real estate mogul was favored by 24 percent of respondents.

From Texas Bipartisan Justice


August 20, 2015

AUSTIN INTERFAITH: CALLS ON THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL TO INVEST IN CHILDREN, WORKERS AND FAMILIES; PROMOTE AN ECONOMY OF INCLUSION

On Thursday, August 20, Austin Interfaith leaders will hold a press conference in the media room of Austin City Hall to address the unwise priorities of the proposed City of Austin budget for 2015-2016.

From Austin Interfaith


August 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS COWEN TO TEXAS HISTORICAL RECORDS ADVISORY BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Malinda L. Cowen of Beeville to Texas Historical Records Advisory Board for a term to expire on February 1, 2018.

From Office of the Governor


August 19, 2015

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: TEXAS SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST HOUSTON MAYOR AGAIN: PEOPLE TO VOTE ON LGBT ORDINANCE IN NOVEMBER

Today, the Texas Supreme Court has again ruled against Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s administration related to Houston’s so-called “equal rights” ordinance.

From Texas Values Action


August 19, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: REQUESTS HEARING ON DECEPTIVE CITY OF HOUSTON LEGAL PRACTICES

Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) will ask Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to give the Senate Intergovernmental Affairs Committee an interim charge concerning the City of Houston’s use of deceptive ballot language and continual erring on election procedure regarding ballot petitions and referendums.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


August 19, 2015

TEXAS CASA: TO HONOR BIG VOICES FOR LITTLE TEXANS

Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the state association of 71 local CASA programs that recruit and train volunteers to speak up in court and represent the best interests of children in the child protection system, has selected five state senators and seven state representatives to honor as Big Voices for Little Texans™ in 2015.

From Texas CASA


August 19, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS URGE TEXAS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO ACT ON MEDICAID CUTS

This Friday, 60 Democratic state lawmakers sent a letter to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus, urging them to take immediate action on the upcoming Medicaid cuts that were in the budget passed during the 84th Legislature.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 19, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: HOOD COUNTY BOWS TO LGBT MACHINE, PAYS $44K IN FRIVOLOUS CASE

Today, attorneys for a gay couple that sued Hood County, Texas over a same-sex “marriage” license, have announced that they cut a deal in which the County agreed to give nearly $44,000 of taxpayer dollars to LGBT attorneys.

From Texas Values


August 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: WELCOMES SENATE INTERIM STUDY ON JAIL STANDARDS

Today Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Whitmire announced their intention to conduct an interim study on Texas jail standards. Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-147) released the following statement welcoming the interim study:

From Representative Garnet Coleman


August 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS MISKEL JUDGE OF 470TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Emily Miskel of Dallas as judge of the 470th Judicial District Court in Collin County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. This appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2015.

From Office of the Governor


August 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS MCCRAW JUDGE OF 469TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Piper McCraw of McKinney as judge of the 469th Judicial District Court in Collin County for a term to expire at the next general election in November 2016. This appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2015.

From Office of the Governor


August 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS BILLINGSLEY JUDGE OF 446TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sara Kate Billingsley of Odessa as judge of the 446th Judicial District Court in Ector County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016. This appointment will be effective Sept. 1, 2015.

From Office of the Governor


August 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ED THOMPSON: NOMINATES CHRISTIAN TAYLOR FOR THE TEXAS ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP

Representative Ed Thompson announced today the District 29 nomination of Christiana Taylor for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship. Taylor, a Pearland resident, is a magna cum laude graduate of the Pearland High School Class of 2015.

From Representative Ed Thompson


August 18, 2015

JACKSON WALKER L.L.P: CONGRATULATES ITS BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA 2016

Eighty-three Jackson Walker attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become widely regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

From Jackson Walker L.L.P.


August 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ANNOUNCES $71 MILLION MULTI-STATE SETTLEMENT WITH AMGEN

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, along with 48 other states, has reached a $71 million settlement with Amgen relating to the promoting of its biologic medications Aranesp and Enbrel. Texas’ share of the settlement is $4.3 million.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 18, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE THE RATIFICATION OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT

In celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment -- which guaranteed women the right to vote -- Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Kay Perkins issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK AND SENATOR WHITMIRE ANNOUNCE JAIL SAFETY INTERIM STUDY

Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick along with Senator John Whitmire held a news conference announcing an interim study on jail safety standards in Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 18, 2015

TDP: TRUMP BORROWS PAGE ON IMMIGRATION FROM REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS

After much anticipation, GOP Frontrunner Donald Trump finally made his immigration plan public. It seems Trump wasn't shy about borrowing a page from the 2010 Republican Party of Texas Platform.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 18, 2015

JAMES FRANK CAMPAIGN: FRANK ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION TO HD 69

From James Frank Campaign


August 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: APPOINTS ROMANO TO STATE SECURITIES BOARD

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: APPOINTS ROMANO TO STATE SECURITIES BOARD

From Office of the Governor


August 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: REFLECTS ON DEATH OF DALLAS EDUCATION ACCESS HERO SAM TASBY

On Sunday, August 16, 2015, the heroic lead plaintiff in the historic Dallas ISD desegregation case, Sam Tasby, passed away at the age of 93.

From Representative Helen Giddings


August 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: REFLECTS ON DEATH OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER JULIAN BOND

On Saturday, August 15, 2015, veteran civil rights leader and Georgia state legislator, Horace Julian Bond, passed away at the age of 75 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

From Representative Helen Giddings


August 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON TAKES ACTION TO HALT OPERATIONS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against a Dallas-based group of learning centers for unlawfully marketing and selling fraudulent high school diplomas and transcripts.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO STEPHEN F. AUSTIN UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Alton Frailey of Katy, Nelda Blair of The Woodlands and re-appointed Dr. Scott Coleman of Houston to the Stephen F. Austin University Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


August 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO STEPHEN F. AUSTIN UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Alton Frailey of Katy, Nelda Blair of The Woodlands and re-appointed Dr. Scott Coleman of Houston to the Stephen F. Austin University Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


August 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON ILLEGAL GROUP HOME IN BELTON

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement regarding the illegal group home “God’s Blessings,” which was shut down by officials from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) last week after operating without a license and allegations of neglect and abuse:

From Office of the Attorney General


August 17, 2015

GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL LLP: SIXTY-FIVE GARDERE ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA 2016

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that 65 of the Firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© including a Dallas partner who earned a “Lawyer of the Year” distinction.

From Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP


August 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON VANDALISM OF SAN ANTONIO SYNAGOGUE

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the second instance of anti-Semitic and racially-motivated vandalism at a synagogue in San Antonio:

From Office of the Governor


August 17, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: BUSH HONORS TOP TEXAS COASTAL STEWARDS

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush today recognized six individuals who did more than all others last year to keep the coast clean. The commissioner honored them with Oil Spill Prevention and Response Awards.

From Texas General Land Office


August 17, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS MOURN THE PASSING OF FORMER NAACP CHAIRMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER JULIAN BOND

Over the weekend, our country lost Julian Bond, a champion of equal rights and former chairman of the N.A.A.C.P. [New York Times, August 16, 2015]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 17, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS DENOUNCE REPUBLICAN AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SID MILLER'S HATE SPEECH

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller promoted a hateful Facebook post calling on the United States to drop a nuclear bomb on Muslim countries. The post has now been deleted.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 17, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: GRADUATION RATES UP IN TEXAS

As we enter the new school year, the Texas Education Agency has released a new report that spells good news for Texas schools and students. The Class of 2014 achieved the all-time highest high school graduation rate. In fact, out of the over 330,000 students in that class, over 88% graduated within four years.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 17, 2015

LOEFFLER CREATIVE: LOEFFLER GETS CREATIVE

From Alamo legends and shouting Marine Gunny sergeants to legislative movie posters and gun toting statewide elected officials, Mark Dallas Loeffler has seen it all. With over 25 years in Texas politics and state government, Loeffler has finally opened his own communications shop, Loeffler Creative, to put that unique experience to work for his clients.

From Loeffler Creative


August 17, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS SWANSON JUDGE OF 143RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed John M. “Mike” Swanson as judge of the 143rd Judicial District Court, covering Loving, Reeves, and Ward Counties, for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016.

From Office of the Governor


August 14, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOCIAL SECURITY

On the 80th Anniversary of Social Security, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 14, 2015

TEXAS DPS: GRADUATES 52 HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw, Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) Chair Cynthia Leon, PSC Commissioners Manny Flores and Randy Watson, and DPS leadership today were joined by Texas State Representative Richard Raymond as the department commissioned 52 men and women as the state’s newest Highway Patrol Troopers.

From Texas DPS


August 14, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER BUSH DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT END OF WWII COMMEMORATION AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PACIFIC WAR

Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Chairman of the Veterans Land Board, delivered the keynote address to a large crowd gathered for an End of WWII Commemoration at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg.

From Texas General Land Office


August 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON U.S. OIL SWAPS WITH MEXICO

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement regarding the Department of Commerce’s approval of limited sales of U.S. crude oil to Mexico:

From Representative Joaquin Castro


August 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD: AND CUELLAR ANNOUNCE APPROVAL OF U.S.-MEXICO OIL SWAPS ARRANGEMENT

Congressmen Will Hurd (R-TX) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) today claimed success in their efforts to encourage Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to accept a proposal from Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company, PEMEX, to swap light U.S. oil for imports of heavy Mexican oil.

From Representative Will Hurd


August 14, 2015

KEVIN DOWNING CAMPAIGN: CONSERVATIVE KEVIN DOWNING ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR TX HOUSE

Conservative Hood County businessman Kevin Downing today announced he will seek election to the Texas House of Representatives in Texas House District 60.

From Kevin Downing Campaign


August 14, 2015

KEVIN DOWNING CAMPAIGN: CONSERVATIVE KEVIN DOWNING ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR TX HOUSE

Conservative Hood County businessman Kevin Downing today announced he will seek election to the Texas House of Representatives in Texas House District 60.

From Kevin Downing Campaign


August 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: AND REP. HURD ISSUE STATEMENT ON APPROVAL OF LICENSES FOR CRUDE OIL SWAPS WITH MEXICO

Today, the United States Department of Commerce announced the approval of licenses for swaps of U.S. light crude oil in exchange for imports of heavy Mexican crude oil.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


August 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RAFAEL ANCHIA: CLAIMS VICTORY FOR SAME-GENDER FAMILIES WHO ADOPT CHILDREN

After four consecutive legislative sessions of filing legislation that would allow children adopted by same-gender parents in Texas to have the names of both parents listed on their supplemental birth certificates, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) received an announcement from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) yesterday that the policy will be changed.

From Representative Rafael Anchia


August 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ROLAND GUTIERREZ: CALLS FOR LBB JOINT-CHAIRS TO ACT ON MEDICAID RATE CUTS

From Representative Roland Gutierrez


August 14, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: REPORT REVEALS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DATA "UNRELIABLE"

A report published this week by the federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG) revealed that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data regarding the premature issuance of expanded work permits is “unreliable.”

From Office of the Attorney General


August 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: CALLS FOR LBB JOINT-CHAIRS TO ACT ON MEDICAID RATE CUTS

Today, Rep. Donna Howard signed a letter to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus, urging them to help mitigate the impact of the pending Medicaid rate reductions for acute therapy services.

From Representative Donna Howard


August 14, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON CAPTURE OF SUSPECTED CAPITOL ARSONIST

Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement following the capture and arrest of the suspected arsonist who set fire to a vehicle on Capitol grounds late last week:

From Office of the Governor


August 14, 2015

TEXAS DPS: SUSPECT IN VEHICLE ARSON AT CAPITOL ARRESTED IN IOWA

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that the suspect wanted in connection with the investigation into the vehicle arson at the Texas State Capitol on August 7 was arrested Wednesday evening in Iowa.

From Texas DPS


August 14, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON DSHS COMMISSIONER COLE'S RESPONSE LETTER REGARDING BIRTH CERTIFICATES

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner Kirk Cole issued a response to my letter concerning the state refusing to issue birth certificates to persons born here in the United States.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 13, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS SIX TO TEXAS COMMISSION ON FIRE PROTECTION

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mike Jones for a term set to expire on February 1, 2017 and appointed Tommy Anderson, Carlos Cortez and Kelly Doster for terms to expire on February 1, 2021 to the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP). He has also reappointed Robert Moore and Steve Tull for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


August 13, 2015

PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS: URGES ELECTRICITY CONSERVATION

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) urges Texans to conserve electricity this afternoon as high electricity demand and higher than normal temperatures exist throughout the state.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas


August 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD: RESPONDS TO VANDALISM IN JEWISH COMMUNITY

U.S. Representative Will Hurd of the 23rd Congressional District of Texas released the following statement in response to the vandalism perpetrated against a Jewish community in his district:

From Representative Will Hurd


August 13, 2015

SENATORS RODNEY ELLIS AND JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: STATEMENT REGARDING THE RELOCATION OF THE JEFFERSON DAVIS STATUTE AT UT-AUSTIN

"We are glad that Jefferson Davis no longer will be glorified on the Main Mall of The University of Texas at Austin, and we thank President Fenves for taking on this important task so soon during his tenure as president.

From Senators Rodney Ellis and Judith Zaffirini


August 13, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: TEN TEXAS TEACHERS NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AWARD IN MATH AND SCIENCE

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that 10 teachers from across Texas have been named finalists for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

From Texas Education Agency


August 13, 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM: FILES SECOND SUIT TO PROTECT STUDENT APPLICANT INFORMATION

Today The University of Texas System is filing a second lawsuit against the Texas Attorney General related to an additional request for documents produced as a result of the Kroll investigation into admissions.

From The University of Texas System


August 13, 2015

C.J. GRISHAM CAMPAIGN: ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR STATE SENATE DISTRICT 24

C.J. Grisham, a decorated combat veteran and statewide leader for Second Amendment rights, announced his candidacy for the Texas State Senate today. A Temple resident, Grisham will seek the District 24 seat being vacated by Senator Troy Fraser.

From C.J. Grisham Campaign


August 12, 2015

SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ: OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO COMMITTED HATE CRIME

Today, State Senator José Menéndez released the following statement on the anti-Semitic Graffiti in San Antonio currently vandalizing Jewish neighborhoods and synagogues.

From Senator Jose Menendez


August 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO UPPER GUADALUPE RIVER AUTHORITY

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Blake W. Smith, James “Wayne” Musgrove and Diane L. McMahon to the Upper Guadalupe River Authority for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021. The Upper Guadalupe River Authority was created by the Texas Legislature in 1939 to conserve and reclaim surface water for future growth in order to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all Kerr County citizens.

From Office of the Governor


August 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM IN SAN ANTONIO

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding widespread anti-Semitic vandalism in a North Side San Antonio Jewish community: "Today's discovery of racially-targeted and anti-Semitic vandalism in a San Antonio Jewish community is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 12, 2015

TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE COALITION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANA YANEZ-CORREA TO BECOME PROGRAM PROGRAM OFFICER AT PUBLIC WELFARE FOUNDATION

Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) since 2005, has accepted the position of Program Officer at the Washington, DC-based Public Welfare Foundation.

From Texas Criminal Justice Coalition


August 12, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: SHOWS SUPPORT FOR JEWISH COMMUNITY TARGETED BY VANDALS

State Senator Donna Campbell expressed her support for the Jewish Community in San Antonio after an incident of vandalism occurred overnight in a northside San Antonio neighborhood that is home to the Rodfei Sholom Congregation.

From Senator Donna Campbell


August 12, 2015

TEXPROTECTS: AND ANY BABY CAN TO REVIEW CHILD PROTECTION AT 84TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE AND ROAD AHEAD

The 84th Texas Legislative Session adjourned sine die earlier this summer, and advocates for child protection are celebrating hard-won successes that will make Texas kids safer in the years ahead.

From TexProtects


August 12, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: HEGAR DISTRIBUTES $760 MILLION IN SALES TAX REVENUE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations totaling $760.2 million, which represents an increase of 7.6 percent compared to August 2014.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


August 12, 2015

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: COMMISSIONER MILLER ANNOUNCES YOUTH PHOTO CONTEST TO PROMOTE VALUE OF TEXAS AGRICULTURE, DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PHOTOS IS SEPT. 1

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is asking youth from across Texas to submit their photos illustrating how Texas agriculture touches their lives every day. Contest entries will be featured in a photo slideshow in TDA’s Food and Fiber Pavilion at the State Fair of Texas in September.

From Texas Department of Agriculture


August 12, 2015

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR: ABBOTT URGES TEXANS TO USE ENERGY RESPONSIBILITY AS STATEWIDE DEMAND GROWS

Governor Greg Abbott today urged all Texans to use energy responsibly during peak hours – between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM – to combat the growing statewide demand for electricity. For the first time since 2011, electricity usage in Texas has set a monthly record, and the state’s electric grid will face continued stress as seasonably hot weather conditions are expected to persist.

From Office of Governor


August 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: SUPPORTS THE HOUSTON EQUAL RIGHTS ORDINANCE (HERO)

On November 5, 2015, voters in the City of Houston will be asked to vote on a referendum that will determine the fate of Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). State Representative Gene Wu offered his support today to the proponents of the measure:

From Representative Gene Wu


August 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: STATEMENT ON CPS INVESTIGATION

After learning that Child Protective Services had previously filed lawsuits in order to remove the six children who were killed this weekend in Northwest Houston, Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D - Houston) vowed to ensure that proper procedures were followed with respect to the victims. He had the following statement:

From Representative Garnet Coleman


August 12, 2015

TEXAS DPS: REWARD OFFERED FOR SUSPECT IN VEHICLE ARSON AT CAPITOL

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced today that the individual previously sought as a person of interest in the recent vehicle arson at the Texas State Capitol is now considered the suspect in that investigation; and a reward of up to $10,000 is now being offered for information that leads to his arrest.

From Texas DPS


August 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE BROOKS LANDGRAF: STATEMENT REGARDING DPS SHOOTING

"I'm saddened that two DPS troopers were shot in the line of duty today here in Odessa. I pray that both troopers make a full recovery, and I'm happy to hear that they are expected to do so.

From Representative Brooks Landgraf


August 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON DPS OFFICER SHOOTING INCIDENT

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding a Department of Public Safety (DPS) shooting incident in Odessa, Texas: "Today, in Odessa, Texas, four DPS officers were assisting a Texas Ranger in pursuit of a suspect; two officers were shot.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON TO RADIOSHACK: DON'T SHORT-CHANGE CONSUMERS

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today asked a U.S. bankruptcy court to compel the former RadioShack to provide notice of bankruptcy proceedings to 2.9 million customers holding approximately $46 million in unredeemed gift cards.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 11, 2015

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION: TEXAS INFORMATION SECURITY LEADERS OFFER FREE GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE SECURITY PROGRAMS

Information security leaders from both the state’s private and public sectors have jointly released a comprehensive guide for defining and operating an effective information security program.

From Texas Department of Information


August 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE CONTINUED ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES UNDERMINES OUR CONSTITUTION

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Houston Baptist University v. Burwell in support of protecting the free exercise of religion from government intrusion. The state of Texas was joined by 15 other states.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 11, 2015

TDP: TEXAS NEWSPAPERS: KEN PAXTON SHOULD RESIGN

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton should resign. This is what a growing number of editorial boards are saying across Texas about Ken Paxton -- an admitted lawbreaker and Texas’ chief law enforcement official facing over 99 years in jail -- and his three felony counts.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOE FARIAS: SUBMITS LETTER OF RESIGNATION TO GOVERNOR ABBOTT

Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio) issued the following statement: “Today, I submitted my letter of resignation as State Representative to Governor Greg Abbott. Thank you to all my family, friends, and supporters who have helped me over the past ten years in the Texas Legislature.

From Representative Joe Farias


August 10, 2015

TDP: #LOVEWINS: PAXTON CONTEMPT HEARING CANCELED, REPUBLICAN AG BUCKLES

Earlier today, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is facing three felony indictments, demanded to be excused from personally appearing at a contempt hearing ordered by a federal judge.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 10, 2015

TEXAS MINING & RECLAMATION ASSOCIATION: EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN THREATENS TEXAS POWER GRID, WILL LEAD TO HIGHER ELECTRICITY RATES

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan will place undue burdens on power generators and consumers and drive electricity rates higher and jeopardize the reliability of Texas’ power grid, according to the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA).

From Texas Mining & Reclamation Association


August 10, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CRADDICK MEETS WITH MEXICAN AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick spoke to members of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) at their 40th Annual Convention and Business Expo in Austin on Saturday.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 10, 2015

TED CRUZ CAMPAIGN: EXPERIENCES FUNDRAISING SURGE FOLLOWING DEBATE

In the 100 hours since the first debate, the Ted Cruz campaign has seen an extraordinary outpouring of financial support. In those few days the campaign:

From Ted Cruz Campaign


August 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: CHENIERE EXPANSION

In May, Cheniere Energy began construction on their Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project - a $14.5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in San Patricio County - after waiting nearly three years to receive all necessary federal permits.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 10, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: CHENIERE EXPANSION

In May, Cheniere Energy began construction on their Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project - a $14.5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in San Patricio County - after waiting nearly three years to receive all necessary federal permits.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 10, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: RELEASES 2015 STAAR TESTS

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released the 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) tests, making them available for review on the TEA website.

From Texas Education Agency


August 10, 2015

TDP: PAXTON CONTEMPT HEARING: REPUBLICAN AG SEEKS SPECIAL TREATMENT, AGAIN

Just after having being indicted on three felony counts, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton --an admitted lawbreaker and Texas’ chief law enforcement official facing over 99 years in jail-- was ordered by a federal judge to appear on a contempt hearing later this week.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 10, 2015

TEXANS FOR EDUCATION REFORM: STATEMENT ON LATEST TEA PUBLIC SCHOOL CAMPUS & DISTRACTING RATINGS

Texans for Education Reform (TER) issued the following statement today in response to the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Friday release of statewide public school campus and district ratings.

From Texans for Education Reform


August 10, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: MAPPING TECHNOLOGY EXPERTISE WINS LAND OFFICE HIGH PRAISE

An international conference of geographic information system (GIS) technology users recently honored the General Land Office for its innovative use of technology to make maps.

From Texas General Land Office


August 10, 2015

TEXAS DPS: STATE FIRE MARSHAL CONDUCTING ARSON INVESTIGATION OF VEHICLE FIRE AT STATE CAPITOL

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an arson investigation related to a vehicle that caught fire on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol on Friday.

From Texas DPS


August 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO ONESTAR FOUNDATION

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Yvonne S. “Bonnie” Brown of Raymondville, Andres G. “Andy” Navarro of Tyler and re-appointed Robert G. “Bob” Wright II of Dallas to the OneStar Foundation for terms set to expire on March 15, 2016 and March 15, 2018, respectively.

From Office of the Governor


August 7, 2015

TDP: STUDY FINDS DISCRIMINATORY REPUBLICAN VOTER ID LAW DISENFRANCHISED TEXAS VOTERS IN 2014 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 23 ELECTION

On Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas’ discriminatory Voter ID law -- passed by Republican lawmakers and signed by Governor Rick Perry -- violates Section 2 of Voting Rights Act. [ United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, August 5, 2015]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 7, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: 153 CAMPUSES EARN ALL SEVEN DISTINCTIONS IN 2015 ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS

The Texas Education Agency today released the 2015 state accountability ratings for more than 8,600 campuses. The ratings reveal that 86.4 percent of campuses across Texas achieved the rating of Met Standard.

From Texas Education Agnecy


August 7, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: 24 SCHOOL DISTRICTS, CHARTERS EARN POSTSECONDARY DISTINCTION IN 2015 ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS

The Texas Education Agency today released the 2015 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters. The ratings reveal that 94 percent of school districts and charters across Texas achieved the rating of Met Standard.

From Texas Education Agnecy


August 7, 2015

TONY TINDERHOLT CAMPAIGN: TINDERHOLT ANNOUNCES FOR RE-ELECTION TO HOUSE DISTRICT 94

Monday, Tony Tinderholt announced his intent to seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Tinderholt also announced that he has received the public support of 28, District 94, GOP precinct chairs.

From Tony Tinderholt Campaign


August 7, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON FIRST GOP PRIMARY DEBATE

Commenting on tonight’s first GOP primary debate, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: "Republican candidates had nothing but a bunch old ideas, bad policies, and toxic rhetoric at tonight's presidential debate.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 7, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON RICK PERRY'S PERFORMANCE AT KID'S TABLE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia on indicted former Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry’s performance at the kid’s table presidential debate:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 6, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON: STUDY FINDS TEXAS VOTER PHOTO ID REQUIREMENT DISCOURAGES TURNOUT

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. This week also marks a watershed ruling by a federal appeals court striking down the controversial Texas voter ID law as violating that landmark civil rights act.

From University of Houston


August 6, 2015

TDP: WILL TEXAS REPUBLICANS DENOUNCE THEIR PARTY PLATFORM AND COMMEMORATE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT TODAY?

Shot: Republican National Committee on the 1965 Voting Rights Act: “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 enjoyed broad Republican support, but protecting citizens' right to vote in free and fair elections is not merely a Republican priority. It is an American priority.” [RNC, August 6, 2016]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 6, 2015

RAISE YOUR HAND TEXAS: LAUNCHES $2.5 MILLION BLENDED LEARNING GRANT INITIATIVE FOR SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS

Raise Your Hand Texas recently announced 75 semifinalist public schools and district applicants for its $2.5 million Raising Blended Learners grant initiative.

From Raise Your Hand Texas


August 6, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Today, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


August 6, 2015

TRAVIS COUNTY TAX OFFICE: LAUNCHES GREAT TRAVIC COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION CHALLENGE

Voter registration applications are now available by Text Request, a new service that allows eligible voters to ask for an application by texting the key word “Register” to IVOTE or 48683 on their cellphones.

From Travis County Tax Office


August 6, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES: NAMES DR. CYNTHIA FERRELL AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS SUCCESS CENTER

The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Cynthia Ferrell will serve as the Executive Director of the Texas Success Center (TSC).

From Texas Association of Community Colleges


August 6, 2015

TEXAS MUNICIPAL POLICE ASSOCIATION: AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS DEMAND APOLOGY FROM STATE LAWMAKER

The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) demands a public apology from State Representative Garnet Coleman after the legislator made allegations of being disrespected and “treated like a child” during a traffic stop on July 14 in Austin County.

From Texas Municipal Police Association


August 6, 2015

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: COMMISSIONER MILLER ANNOUNCES $306,440 IN GRANTS TO HELP 33 YOUNG TEXAS FARMERS GROW THEIR AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced grant awards for 33 young farmers and ranchers totaling $306,440 through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Young Farmer Grant Program. Today’s announcement comes as part of a larger effort to promote and sustain Texas’ position as an agricultural powerhouse, as well as support younger agricultural producers.

From Texas Department of Agriculture


August 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO WALLE: RESPONDS TO 5TH CIRCUIT COURT DECISION ON VOTER ID LAW

State Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the Voting Rights Act challenge to the voter ID law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011.

From Representative Armando Walle


August 6, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: THIS DEAL IS NO DIFFERENT THAN CALLING THE IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER, ASKING IF THEY'RE DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND TAKING HIS WORK FOR IT

After attending a briefing on the Iranian nuclear deal, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) offered the following remarks: “This Obama Iranian Nuclear Deal is a bad deal. It keeps getting worse. The more you hear about the deal, the less confident you are. I

From Senator Ted Cruz


August 6, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: SUPRISING 5TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS DECISIONS OVERTURNS TEXAS PHOTO ID LAW

In a surprising 3-0 ruling of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today, a three judge panel ruled that the Texas Photo ID Law has a discriminatory effect and therefore violates the federal Voting Rights Act, even though in the opinion, Senator Bettencourt’s SB 963 was credited with resolving any claim that the law created a poll tax.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


August 6, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON FIFTH CIRCUIT APPELLATE COURT STRIKING DOWN BURDENSOME VOTER ID LAW

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a ruling in Veasey v. Abbott that found that the Texas photo ID requirements to vote in Texas are discriminatory and in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


August 6, 2015

TEXAS SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS: DEMOCRATS: EVERY VOTER COUNTS

The following is a joint statement issued by the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus following the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding that the “Voter ID” legislation violates the Voting Rights Act: We as lawmakers bear the responsibility to ensure that every voter counts. For years the Senate Democratic Caucus has called the so-called “Voter ID” law passed during the 82nd legislative session discriminatory and burdensome.

From Texas Senate Democratic Caucus


August 6, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO TEXAS BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL SURVEYING

Governor Greg Abbott appointed William “Davey” Edwards of Alvord, James “Jim” Cheatham of Aledo and Andrew Paxton of Lubbock, to the Texas Board of Professional Surveying for terms set to expire on January 31, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


August 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON FEDERAL COURT RULING ON TEXAS' VOTER ID LAW

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling related to Texas' Voter ID law: "As joint author of Texas Voter ID law, I strongly disagree with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which rejected a portion of that law.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON VOTER ID RULING

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement on the ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Texas’ Voter ID law: “Today’s ruling was a victory on the fundamental question of Texas’ right to protect the integrity of our elections and the state’s common sense Voter ID law remains in effect.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: STATEMENT ABOUT 5TH CIRCUIT COURT'S DECISION ON TEXAS' VOTER ID LAW

Today the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas’ Voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act. State Representative Carol Alvarado issued the following statement: “This is a true victory for all Texans. Texas’ Voter ID law was discriminatory pure and simple and was nothing more than a ploy to deny certain Texans the ability to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

From Representative Carol Alvarado


August 5, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: COMMENDS HARRIS COUNTY PLANNED PARENTHOOD INVESTIGATION

Senator Paul Bettencourt commended Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson for opening a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices at their Houston facility based upon the latest video released by the Center for Medical Progress.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


August 5, 2015

TRUE THE VOTE: REACTS TO 5TH CIRCUIT COURT RULING ON TEXAS VOTER ID LAW

True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today reacted to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling striking down Texas’ photo voter identification law.

From True the Vote


August 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON TEXAS VOTER ID LAW

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement after the Fifth Circuit Court issued its decision on Texas’ voter ID law: “In light of ongoing voter fraud, it is imperative that Texas has a voter ID law that prevents cheating at the ballot box.

From Office of the Governor


August 5, 2015

THE CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER: FIFTH CIRCUIT FINDS TEXAS VOTER PHOTO ID LAW VIOLATES VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Today in Veasey v. Abbott, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Texas Voter Photo ID law is discriminatory and in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

From The Campaign Legal Center


August 5, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN PORTER URGES GOVERNOR ABBOTT TO REFUSE PRESIDENT'S RADICAL GREEN EDICT

Railroad Commission (RRC) of Texas Chairman David Porter today sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott, urging him to not comply with President Barack Obama’s illegal clean energy rule that will financially harm families and the overall Texas economy.

From Texas Railroad Commission


August 5, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: ON FIFTH CIRCUIT'S VOTER ID OPINION

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court's finding that Senate Bill 14 of the 82nd Regular Session, the "Voter ID" legislation, violates the Voting Rights Act through its discriminatory effects.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


August 5, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: STATEMENT ON VOTER ID LAW RULING

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court's finding that Senate Bill 14 of the 82nd Regular Session, the "Voter ID" legislation, violates the Voting Rights Act through its discriminatory effects.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 5, 2015

TRAVIS COUNTY VOTER REGISTRAR AND TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR: STATEMENT ON FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT RULING ON VOTER ID

"I am very pleased that on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act that the Fifth Circuit Court unanimously ruled the Voter ID law passed by the Texas Legislature violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because it would have a discriminatory effect on Texas voters.

From Travis County Voter Registrar and Texas Assessor-Collector


August 5, 2015

TDP: UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT; DISCRIMINATORY VOTER ID BY TEXAS REPUBLICANS VIOLATES THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act , the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that Texas’ discriminatory voter ID law -- passed by Republican lawmakers and signed by Governor Rick Perry -- violates Section 2 of Voting Rights Act.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 5, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: ON 5TH CIRCUIT'S VOTER ID RULING

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to today's ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Texas' voter ID law: "I'm pleased that the 5th Circuit agreed with the U.S. District Court's findings that Texas' voter ID law will have a discriminatory effect, preventing otherwise eligible voters from having their voice heard.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


August 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DWAYNE BOHAC: REMINDS FAMILIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TEXAS' SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND, AUGUST 7-9

With the start of the new school year around the corner, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) reminds families and shoppers to take advantage of our state's annual sales tax holiday this weekend, August 7-9.

From Representative Dwayne Bohac


August 5, 2015

SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR: NAMED COURAGEOUS CONSERVATIVE

The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC) announced today that Senator Larry Taylor (R – Friendswood) has earned the designation of "Courageous Conservative" based on his voting record during the 84th Legislative Session.

From Senator Larry Taylor


August 5, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: GRAPHIC VIDEO SHOWS PLANNED PARENTHOOD PERSONNEL IN HOUSTON DISCUSSING THE SALE OF FETAL TISSUE FOR PROFIT

Today, yet another video showing Planned Parenthood directors discussing the sale of organs and other aborted fetal tissue was released to the public. This video, filmed in a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic, is the first of its kind to feature a Texas abortion facility and seems to directly contradict a number of statements made by Planned Parenthood regarding their organization's involvement in the alteration of surgical abortions and sale of fetal remains in Texas.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


August 5, 2015

TDP: TEXAS REPUBLICAN RICK PERRY FAILS TO MAKE THE CUT

Today, Fox News announced the participants of Thursday evening’s primetime Republican presidential debate. Former Governor Rick Perry failed to make the cut. [Fox News, August 4, 2015]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO LAVACA-NAVIDAD RIVER AUTHORITY

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sandy Johs and has reappointed Scott Sachtleben and Ronnie Kubecka to the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority for terms set to expire May 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


August 4, 2015

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: STATEMENT ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEO

Senator Sylvia R. Garcia released the following statement today in response to video footage taken at Planned Parent Gulf Coast: "Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has been a primary provider of women's healthcare in my district for many years.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


August 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON OBAMA'S ENERGY REGULATIONS

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding President Obama's 'Clean Power Plan': "On Monday, President Obama announced his 'Clean Power Plan,' which will require a significant reduction in carbon emissions across the nation.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF HOUSTON BUSINESSES SUING OVER INCREASED REGULATORY BURDENS

Governor Greg Abbott today filed an amicus brief in support of Houston businesses suing to stop their city council’s unlawful attempt to impose increased regulatory burdens. Governor Abbott released the following statement:

From Office of the Governor


August 4, 2015

TDP: REPUBLICANS DISHONOR TEXAS RANGERS AND BACK A CROOK

Yesterday, the Republican Party of Texas chose to question the integrity of the Texas Rangers, calling their investigation of Republican Ken Paxton, admitted lawbreaker and Texas’ chief law enforcement officer, on three felony indictment counts, “sloppy.” [RPT, August 3, 2015]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 4, 2015

THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOUNDATION OF TEXAS: FORMER SENATOR DON ADAMS TO RECEIVE FOI FOUNDATION'S JAMES MADISON AWARD ON SEPT. 17

Former Senator Don Adams, who has worked for decades to protect the public’s right to know, is the recipient of the 2015 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. The award goes to those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment and open government.

From The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas


August 4, 2015

TDP: DALLAS MORNING NEWS: IF INDICTED PAXTON DOESN'T RESIGN, HE SHOULD AT LEAST HAND OFF DUTIES

Yesterday, three felony indictments on Texas’ top chief law enforcement officer, Republican Ken Paxton, were unsealed. Paxton was charged, booked, and took a mugshot at a Collin County jail. Paxton has already admitted to violating state securities law in relation to one of his felony counts.

From Texas Democratic Party


August 4, 2015

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: TIME TO FIRE DONALD TRUMP

To my fellow Republican primary voters, I feel compelled to share my thoughts with you. Please stop giving Donald Trump any credibility, credence as a political candidate, or your support in any poll you may participate in. Trump is a bad joke when it comes to the distinguished office of the President of the United States, and this joke has run its course.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


August 4, 2015

SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR: STATEMENT REGARDING TWIA RATE INCREASES

I am extremely disappointed in the 5 to 4 decision made by the TWIA Board to increase rates on policyholders once again. Today, sixteen of my coastal colleagues in the Texas Legislature joined me in urging the TWIA Board to postpone any rate increase at this time.

From Senator Larry Taylor


August 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON GULF COAST PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEO

Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement after another video featuring Planned Parenthood’s Houston Gulf Coast Clinic surfaced: “The latest video showing Planned Parenthood’s treatment of unborn children in a Houston clinic is repulsive and unconscionable.

From Office of the Governor


August 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: TEXAS-BASED PP VIDEO 'SIMPLY APPALLING'

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement following the release of a video showing Texas-based Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of babies and baby body parts: “The shameful disregard for human life and the callous nature of the individuals in this recording, as in the others that have been released, is simply appalling.

From Office of the Attorney General


August 4, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: WE SHOULD NOT REST UNTIL WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF UNBORN CHILDREN

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tonight issued the following statement after S.1881, a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood, failed to reach the 60-vote threshold required for cloture: “Last week, the Senate had an opportunity to stop the unconscionable use of taxpayer funds to murder unborn children. Instead, Republican leadership blocked a recorded vote on amendments to defund Planned Parenthood.

From Senator Ted Cruz


August 4, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: ISSUES STATEMENT ON INDICTMENT OF TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the indictment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: “I trust that our nation's legal system will proceed fairly and appropriately to investigate allegations of criminal violations against Attorney General Paxton.

From Senator Ted Cruz


August 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: TEXAS WILL FIGHT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S AGENDA-DRIVEN CARBON RULE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s emissions regulation announcement, which the State of Texas intends to challenge in court:

From Office of the Attorney General


August 3, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS FOUR TO TEXAS LOTTERY COMMISSION

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria of El Paso and Doug Lowe of Palestine to the Texas Lottery Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2017. Governor Abbott also appointed Peggy Heeg of Houston and Robert Rivera of Arlington to the Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2019, and February 1, 2021, respectively.

From Office of the Governor


August 3, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ENVIRONMENTAL PROPOSAL

overnor Greg Abbott responded to President Obama’s announcement today of an environmental rule imposing steep cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. “President Obama continued his unilateral executive overreach by seeking to take unprecedented control over each state's power market through his new environmental regulations,” said Governor Abbott.

From Office of the Governor


August 3, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement: “Everyone is entitled to due process under the law. As a former judge, I recognize this is the first step in a lengthy process and will respect that process as it moves forward.”

From Office of the Governor


August 3, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: STATEMENT ON EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN

The following statement may be attributed to Stephen Minick, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Texas Association of Business. “EPA today released its final Clean Power Plan intended to address climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

From Texas Association of Business


August 3, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK STATEMENT ON INDICTMENT

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding the recent indictments of Attorney General Ken Paxton: "It is important to recognize that an indictment is not a conviction. Under our Constitution, every person is innocent until proven guilty.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


August 3, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: STATEMENT ON ATTORNEY GENERAL INDICTMENT

Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement regarding Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s indictment: “The indictment of Texas Attorney General Paxton represents a cancer of corruption that has engulfed state government

From Representative Joaquin Castro


August 3, 2015

ERNEST BAILES CAMPAIGN: REPUBLICAN ERNEST BAILES ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR TEXAS HOUSE

Conservative agri-businessman Ernest Bailes today announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Texas House. Bailes will run in Texas House District 18, which covers Liberty, San Jacinto, and Walker Counties.

From Ernest Bailes Campaign


August 3, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND

Texas's highly successful annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled this year for Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th and will offer Texans an opportunity to save millions in sales tax on clothing and various back-to-school items.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


August 3, 2015

JACKSON WALKER L.L.P.: FORMER UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESIDENT WILLIAM POWERS, JR. JOINS JACKSON WALKER

Jackson Walker L.L.P. is pleased to announce that former University of Texas at Austin president William Powers, Jr. will join the firm’s Austin office as of counsel. A widely published legal scholar, nationally renowned academic leader, respected corporate governance authority, and sought-after consultant to domestic and foreign governments, Mr. Powers brings a wealth of experience to his new role with the firm.

From Jackson Walker L.L.P.


August 3, 2015

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES JUDGE DEBRA IBARRA MAYFIELD FOR 165TH DISTRICT COURT IN HOUSTON

Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC has endorsed Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield for the 165th District Court. In making the endorsement, TLRPAC Board President Richard J. Trabulsi, Jr., said: “Judge Mayfield has demonstrated that she has the legal experience, conservative principles and professional temperament to serve effectively on the District Court. TLRPAC is proud to endorse her.”

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


August 3, 2015

OSCAR LONGORIA CAMPAIGN: LONGORIA FILES FOR RE-ELECTION TO TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 35

Representative Oscar Longoria (D-La Joya) announced today that he will seek a third term representing the people of House District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my community, and it is my hope that the citizens of the counties of Hidalgo and Cameron will allow me to continue representing them," Longoria said.

From Oscar Longoria Campaign


August 3, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE EDDIE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON CLEAN POWER PLAN

"By limiting pollution from coal-fired power plants, EPA’s Clean Power Plan will help ensure current and future generations of Texans can breathe cleaner air. "Our own Austin Energy is already doing its part to help Texas comply with the new regulations with great strides in solar and wind energy.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


August 3, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: TRUANCY REFORM IN TEXAS

We are at the beginning of another school year. As students, parents and teachers get ready for the semester, one of the biggest challenges that schools will face is truancy, also known as skipping school.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


August 3, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: NOT SEEKING REELECTION

State Representative Myra Crownover (R-Denton) announced today that she will not seek reelection to the Texas House of Representatives. Crownover has served as State Representative for District 64 since 2000.

From Representative Myra Crownover


August 3, 2015

TDP: INVESTIGATION BY TEXAS RANGERS LEADS TO THREE FELONY INDICTMENTS ON TEXAS' CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL; REPUBLICAN AG KEN PAXTON INDICTED

Reports are surfacing that Texas’ chief law enforcement official, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, has been indicted on three felony counts. [NBC DFW, August 1, 2015; WFAA, August 1, 2015]

From Texas Democratic Party


August 3, 2015

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: COMMISSIONER MILLER HONORS REP. ANDERSON WITH 'TOP HAND' AWARD

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller honored State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson with the coveted Top Hand Award. The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Top Hand Award is a special honor given to individuals who have shown exemplary dedication to working for the betterment of Texas agriculture.

From Texas Department of Agriculture


July 31, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO GOVERNING BOARD OF THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Tobie Wortham and has reappointed Mary Alexander and Joseph Muñiz to the Governing Board of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) for terms set to expire January 31, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


July 31, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST ALMEDA FOOD MART FOR DISTRIBUTING SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today joined forces with the Harris County Attorney’s Office and City of Houston to sue the Houston-area convenience store Almeda Food Mart for distributing products containing synthetic marijuana, a dangerous substance that has led to hundreds of recent hospitalizations and overdoses across Texas.

From Office of the Attorney General


July 31, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: DECLARES 84TH LEGISLATURE A SUCCESS FOR TEXAS HOMEOWNERS

With the 84th Texas Legislature officially at a close, the Texas Association of Realtors confirms the recent regular session was a legislative success for Texas homeowners.

From Texas Association of Realtors


July 31, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON APPOINTS MARA FRIESEN AS DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR CHILD SUPPORT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the appointment of Mara Friesen as Deputy Attorney General of the Child Support Division (CSD) and IV-Director. Friesen has been a member of the child support team since 2000.

From Office of the Attorney General


July 31, 2015

TEXAS DPS: NEW DPS AIRCRAFT NAMED IN HONOR OF FALLEN TROOPER

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today commissioned its newest airplane, a Cessna 208 Caravan, at a ceremony in Edinburg. The aircraft was named in honor of the late DPS Trooper Eduardo Chavez, who died in the line of duty in 2006.

From Texas DPS


July 31, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: NEW REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH & JUSTICE 'ARTIVISM' PROJECT LAUNCHES IN TEXAS

Illuminate RJ, a new project that uses art as activism to create a Texas-specific narrative about reproductive justice and abortion, launches in Austin today with an event that features poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor. Illuminate RJ is a collaboration by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, Shift., and the NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Foundation.

From Texas Freedom Network


July 31, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: HOUSE COMMITTEE HEARS TESTIMONY ON JAIL STANDARDS; WU CALLS FOR REFORM FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND

On Thursday afternoon, the Texas House Committee on County Affairs heard testimony on jail standards, mental health, and officer conduct. The hearing followed the disturbing arrest and subsequent tragic death of Sandra Bland in the Waller County Jail. Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston), County Affairs committee member, said following the hearing on Thursday:

From Representative Gene Wu


July 31, 2015

AUSTIN RUIZ CAMPAIGN: LOCAL OPTOMETRIST ANNOUNCES FOR OPEN HOUSE DISTRICT 54 SEAT

With the recent announcement that Representative Jimmie Don Aycock will not seek re-­? election in 2016, House District 54 will have a new Representative in the Texas House for the 85th Legislative Session beginning in January 2017.

From Austin Ruiz Campaign


July 31, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS MOURN THE PASSING OF FORMER STATE SENATOR JACK BOYNTON STRONG

On Tuesday, former Texas State Senator of Longview, Jack Boynton Strong passed away. At 85, Senator Strong leaves a lasting legacy in the social justice and civil rights movement. As a member of the Texas Senate from 1962 to 1971, he served in committees championing issues that improved the lives of hard-working Texans.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 30, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CONSERVATIVES SUCCESSFULLY DEFEAT EGREGIOUS CORPORATE WELFARE: EXPORT-IMPORT BANK REMAINS EXPIRED

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s final passage of a long-term highway reauthorization bill. Immediately following its passage, the Senate approved a three-month highway extension, which the House passed earlier in the week.

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: FORMER RADIOSHACK CUSTOMERS DESERVE TO BE TREATED FAIRLY

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today added a new count to the lawsuit against RadioShack to protect the interests of consumers holding unredeemed gift cards with the company.

From Office of the Attorney General


July 30, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: SPEAKS TO VOLUNTEERS AND ATTENDEES AT THIS YEAR'S OPERATION LONE STAR

State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-McAllen) spoke to families and volunteers at Palmview high school as part of Operation Lone Star's annual event.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


July 30, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA: #TBT WHAT DID PEOPLE SAY THE LAST TIME LEGISLATORS TRIED TO BLOCK PLANNED PARENTHOOD FROM PROVIDING HEALTH CARE?

Congress tried to block Planned Parenthood non-profit health centers from serving patients who rely on federally funded health programs in 2011 too, making the same claims that community health centers could “absorb” the millions of patients across the country who’d be left without care.

From Planned Parenthood Federation of America


July 30, 2015

PHIL STEPHENSON CAMPAIGN: STEPHENSON TO SEEK RE-ELECTION TO HOUSE DISTRICT 85

Today, State Representative Phil Stephenson (R- District 85) announced he is seeking re-election to the Texas House. Stephenson, a Certified Public Accountant and the only practicing CPA in the Texas House, will continue his efforts to examine waste and fraud in government while bringing a much needed business and financial perspective to state government.

From Phil Stephenson Campaign


July 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ANNOUNCES LIVEOPS HEADQUARTERS RELOCATION FROM CALIFORNIA TO TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that LiveOps, the global leader in cloud contact center and customer service solutions, will relocate its corporate headquarters from Redwood City, California to Cedar Park, Texas. This relocation will result in the creation of 155 new jobs and $5 million in capital investment in the Lone Star State.

From Office of the Governor


July 30, 2015

SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ: ALAMO COLLEGES TO BUILD AND DEVELOP VETERANS SUPPORT CENTERS WITH AN $8.9 MILLION STATE APPROPRIATION SECURED BY SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ

Today State Senator José Menéndez joined Dr. Bruce Leslie, Chancellor of Alamo Colleges, Dr. Robert Vela, President of San Antonio College, and the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees to announce a historic endeavor to assist more student Veterans.

From Senator Jose Menendez


July 30, 2015

PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION: URGES ELECTRICITY CONSERVATION

The Public Utility Commission (PUC) urges Texans to conserve electricity this afternoon as record electricity demand and higher than normal temperatures exist throughout the state. The PUC advises residential and business customers to adjust air conditioning thermostats at least two degrees higher and turn off unnecessary lighting.

From Public Utility Commission of Texas


July 30, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CALL FOR JUSTICE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Today, the Texas House County Affairs Committee, chaired by Democratic Rep. Garnet Coleman is holding a hearing to hear testimony on the death of Sandra Bland, current jail standards, public and police interaction, and treatment of mentally ill prisoners.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT MEETS WITH CZECH AMBASSADOR PETR GANDALOVIC

Governor Greg Abbott today met with Petr Gandalovi?, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, to discuss the promotion of trade and investment between the Czech Republic and South Texas. Governor Abbott also received an update on the Czech trade mission to San Antonio this past March and the State of Texas’ in a seminar to promote business in Texas and Prague in February 2016.

From Office of the Governor


July 30, 2015

GLENN REX CAMPAIGN: REPUBLICAN PRECINCT CHAIR GLENN REX ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 126

Glenn Rex, a family man, successful small business owner and Harris County Republican Precinct Chair, has announced his candidacy for Texas House District 126. The district is currently represented by Patricia Harless who will not seek re-election.

From Glenn Rex Campaign


July 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON URGES EPA TO EXTEND EFFECTIVE DATE OF WOTUS RULE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and 29 other states urging the EPA to extend the effective date of the planned Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which is currently set to go in effect August 28, 2015.

From Office of the Attorney General


July 30, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: NOTES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICAID AND MEDICARE

Thursday, July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of two landmark pieces of legislation authored by Texas democrat, President Lyndon B. Johnson. Medicaid and Medicare became law on July 30, 1965 creating health insurance programs for low-income and elderly Americans.

From Representative Gene Wu


July 30, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICARE & MEDICAID

Today, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: “For over 50 years, seniors and low- income American families have received access to quality, affordable health care thanks to a bold and forward-thinking idea by a great Texas Democrat.

From Texas Democratic Party


July 30, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN BABIN: REPS. BABIN AND GREEN INTRODUCE BILL TO IMPROVE PORT SAFETY

U.S. Reps. Brian Babin (TX-36) and Gene Green (TX-29) yesterday introduced the Waterway Safety Improvement Act (H.R. 3315) to enhance navigation and safety in our nation’s ports, including the Port of Houston.

From Representative Brian Babin


July 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT DISCUSSES BORDER SECURITY ON THE SEAN HANNITY SHOW

Governor Greg Abbott spoke with FOX News radio host Sean Hannity today to discuss how Texas is stepping up to secure our border in the wake of federal government inaction by signing into law the most comprehensive border security plan in the nation.

From Office of the Governor


July 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S ABSENCE SPEAKS LOUDLY AT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES HEARING

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following statement regarding Wednesday's Senate Health and Human Services hearing on Planned Parenthood's business practices: "Recent video recordings depicting top medical officials from Planned Parenthood describing the sale of unborn child body parts and tissue have raised serious concerns across Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


July 29, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF GREATER TEXAS: STATEMENT REACTING TO SENATE HHS COMMITTEE HEARING

As expected, the Senate Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee hearing today was not fact-driven. It is abundantly clear it was engineered to be a forum to air anti-abortion views and to further the political agenda to end access to safe, legal abortion.

From Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas


July 29, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON HHS HEARING ABOUT SECRETLY RECORDED VIDEO OF WOMEN'S HEALTH PROVIDERS

The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee today heard information about secretly recorded videos that purported to possibly show illegal activity at Planned Parenthood facilities. State Sen. José Rodríguez, a member of the committee, released the following statement regarding the hearing:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


July 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES DAN FRIEDKIN CHAIRMAN OF PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION

Governor Greg Abbott today named T. Dan Friedkin of Houston Chairman of the Parks and Wildlife Commission for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor.

From Office of the Governor


July 29, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: STATEMENT FROM YVONNE GUTIERREZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES ON THE SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARING

“Today’s Committee hearing was as expected. It is abundantly clear, the true focus was to air anti-abortion views and further a political agenda to end access to safe, legal abortion. Planned Parenthood will continue to provide high quality healthcare to the women of Texas as we have done for the last 80 years.”

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


July 29, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: REACTS TO TODAY'S SENATE HEARING

State Representative Chris Turner (HD 101 - Grand Prairie) released the following statement in response to today's Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing: “Today’s sham hearing is just the latest sad example of Texas Republicans attacking women’s basic right to make their own healthcare decisions.

From Representative Chris Turner


July 29, 2015

JERRY PATTERSON CAMPAIGN: JERRY PATTERSON RESPONSE TO GLO AUDIT

Audits are a good thing. State agencies always learn things that help them improve their ability to perform their mission, and the recently released audit of the Texas General Land Office is no exception. The State Auditor’s office is a credit to Texas government. If I were going to engage an auditor, I would pick John Keel and his extremely professional crew. They are the best.

From Jerry Patterson Campaign


July 29, 2015

RPT: CALLS ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO CEASE POLITICAL ACTIVITIES IN LIGHT OF TEXAS SENATE HEARING

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) has called on Planned Parenthood to cease political activities in Texas until state investigations are concluded into whether the organization illegally profited off of harvesting baby body parts.

From Republican Party of Texas


July 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS RUGGERO HUGHS TO TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ruth Ruggero Hughs of Austin to the Texas Workforce Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


July 29, 2015

PAUL BETTENCOURT CAMPAIGN: BETTENCOURT BLASTS MAYOR PARKER FOR PREVENTING LEGAL PETITIONING BY CITIZENS

Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt, pledged legislative action to protect voters from out of control city officials who use public money to suppress the will of local citizens.

From Paul Bettencourt Campaign


July 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON TESTIFIES IN SENATE HEARING ON ABORTION PROVIDER PRACTICES

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testified today in front of the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the active ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices. The investigation follows the recent publication of several videos showing Planned Parenthood officials apparently discussing the harvesting and sale of human baby body parts.

From Office of the Attorney General


July 29, 2015

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: AND VETERANS TEAM UP TO HONOR MEDAL RECIPIENTS

Texas vehicle license plates are a low cost, and visible way for the State of Texas to thank our decorated veterans. During the 84th Legislative Session, Senator Carlos Uresti worked with Commander Luis A. Cortes and executive officers of The Disabled American Veterans KEL-LAC chapter 114 in San Antonio to pass House Bill 1273.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


July 29, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF GREATER TEXAS: STATEMENT FROM KEN LAMBRECHT, PRESIDENT & CEO, PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF GREATER TEXAS REGARDING THE SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES HEARING

“This morning, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas notified the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services that we will not testify at today’s hearing.

From Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas


July 28, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: 50 STATE SCORECARD

Each year, a number of news sources compile data on every state to determine how each stacks up against one another. You may know that Texas is continually at the top of the list in economic performance.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


July 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS FIVE TO COUNCIL ON CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND STROKE

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kyle Sheets to the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Stroke for a term set to expire February 1, 2017.

From Office of the Governor


July 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: DC CIRCUIT STRIKES DOWN EPA'S CROSS-STATE AIR POLLUTION REGULATIONS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement in response to the ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidating the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) emissions budgets for Texas under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule:

From Office of the Attorney General


July 28, 2015

NAJVAR LAW FIRM: DON ZIMMERMAN FILES FIRST AMENDMENT CHALLENGE TO AUSTIN CAMPAIGN RESTRICTIONS

Late Monday, District 6 representative Don Zimmerman filed a First Amendment lawsuit challenging City of Austin campaign finance rules that ban political speech and prohibit fundraising until next May.

From Najvar Law Firm


July 28, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD: JOINS REPUBLICAN OVERSIGHT COLLEAGUES CALLING FOR REMOVAL OF IRS DIRECTOR KOSKINEN

Yesterday, U.S. Representative Will Hurd from Texas joined his Republican colleagues on the Committee for Oversight and Government Reform in calling for the President to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

From Representative Will Hurd


July 28, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: PLANNED PARENTHOOD LIKELY ENGAGED IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN TEXAS, SHOULD CEASE TISSUE HARVESTING AND RECEIVING STATE FUNDING DURING INVESTIGATION

A Texas Planned Parenthood affiliate has admitted that they are most likely the subject of a forthcoming undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress.

From Texas Right to Life


July 28, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: MCCONNELL-REID LEADERSHIP TEAM PUSHED THROUGH ANOTHER WIN FOR THE WASHINGTON CARTEL

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tonight issued the following statement after a disappointing vote in the Senate to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, a Washington institution that has become synonymous with cronyism and corruption:

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 28, 2015

KYLE KACAL CAMPAIGN: KACAL ANNOUNCES HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Today, State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) announced his intention to seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of House District 12, and it is with great humility and excitement that I announce my plans to seek re-election,” Kacal said.

From Kyle Kacal Campaign


July 28, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: CONTINUES INVESTIGATION INTO ADMINISTRATION'S HANDLING OF UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking more questions about a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) document that appears to contradict key aspects of the Administration’s policy regarding the handling of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

From Senator Ted Cruz


July 28, 2015

TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT: TPWD GRADUATES TEXAS GAME WARDENS AND STATE PARK POLICE OFFICERS

After seven months of training, the 59th cadet class graduates tomorrow, with a new twist. This year marks the first class of Texas game wardens training and graduating alongside state park police officers.

From Texas Parks & Wildlife Department


July 28, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD: TEXAS MEMBERS INTRODUCE BILL TO IMPROVE BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE

Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), working with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX), announced today the introduction of legislation which will give states more flexibility in how they use federal transportation funds, allowing them to invest more into border infrastructure.

From Representative Will Hurd